Legal News - November 2013

Bribery in China—counting the cost

Recent high-profile cases relating to bribery in China are demonstrating how efforts have been stepped up to crackdown on corrupt business practices in the country. Daniel Roules, office managing partner in Squire Sanders’ Shanghai office, says simply having compliance policies on paper may help compliance officers sleep at night but won’t keep the enforcement authorities at bay.

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Is your business complying with environmental reporting guidelines?

What impact will the government’s latest guidance on environmental reporting have on businesses? Kristy Duane, partner in Nabarro’s corporate group, and Clare Deanesly, partner and head of the firm’s environment group, evaluate the guidance and advise what businesses must do to ensure compliance with their obligations.

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Changing attitudes to self-reporting

What effect has the reversal of the self-reporting guidance had on the investigation of criminality by corporate bodies? David McCluskey and Catherine Fischl of Peters & Peters say that although there are now fewer guarantees available to the self-reporting company, there are still serious advantages in self-reporting.

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Taking the risk out of TUPE

Will upcoming changes to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) reduce the risks for employers? Stephen Mutch of Pannone LLP considers the key issues arising from the government’s response.

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Bringing bad banks back into the fold

What are the challenges in re-privatising the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)? Alistair Steele, partner in the corporate team at Nabarro, believes market trust will be the determining factor in the re-privatisation timeline.

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What changes does ‘Cliff’s Law’ bring?

Copyright protection for sound recordings is extended from 50 to 70 years after the recording was first made. New rules introduced on 1 November 2013, following the implementation of Directive 2011/77/EU, will see recorded performers and musicians benefit from an extended length of copyright term for sound recordings and performers’ rights in sound recordings. Michael Skrein, partner at Reed Smith, and Nick Weaser, discuss the new extended copyright for musicians and related changes that came into force on 1 November 2013.

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Understanding pregnancy and maternity discrimination

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has been tasked by the Government with carrying out a £1m investigation into discrimination against pregnant women and the impact on their families and the economy. Are employers doing enough to prevent pregnancy and maternity discrimination of their employees? Kiran Daurka, principal lawyer in the Slater & Gordon employment team, outlines the challenges in this area.

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